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Wailua River and Waterfall Kayak Tour

During this guided tour you will paddle the majestic Wailua River and experience the original home to the first Hawaiians who came from the Marquesas Islands to Kauai almost 1500 years ago. Our expert guides will tell the legends along the way allowing you to learn about the flora and fauna of Kauai’s most sacred area. After paddling past numerous Heiau (sacred shrines), you will view ancient Kamokila Village, the sight made famous in the jungle scene of the film Outbreak.

What to Expect

We start the guided tour by heading up the north fork of the River. Here, we paddle leisurely through one of Kauai’s most beautiful jungle rivers until you come to the trailhead for the hike to enchanting Secret Falls, an 80-foot fall that descends into a refreshing swimming hole. Once at the waterfall we enjoy a fresh picnic lunch and beverages. Then it is time for a cool dip before heading back down river. Enjoy the Wailua River kayak paddle with the safety and expertise of Kauai Guides.

The hike is approximately 1 mile each way; the paddle approximately 1.5 miles each way.


  • Kayak and paddles
  • Dry bags for cameras and personal things.
  • Backpack use.
  • Personal Flotation Devices.
  • A delicious picnic lunch
  • Knowledgable and friendly guides
  • Calm 3 mile kayak paddle
  • Easy 2 mile hike

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes (hiking boots or sandals -Tevas, water shoes – tabis, tennis or running shoes).
  • Light comfortable clothing.
  • Wear a swimsuit under your clothing.
  • Bring towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and rain gear.
  • All visitors should carry an extra bottle of water while on the island.
  • You may wish to bring an extra set of clothes to leave in our van.
  • Bring the camera and your sense of adventure!


  • Participants should be comfortable in the water, enjoy hiking and be in good physical condition. Expect about 4 miles of paddling and just over one mile of hiking. Trail conditions can be muddy and slippery at times.
  • No bad backs, knees, ankles or recent surgeries.
  • Must be able to walk 1.5 miles & kayak 60-90 minutes.
  • Tours go out rain or shine. In the event of extreme inclement weather tours will be re-scheduled.
  • We cannot accept bookings for women who will be 20 weeks pregnant or more on the date of the tour.


5 hours


440 Aleka Loop Kapaʻa, HI 96746

Cancellation Policy

24-hour notice is required for cancellation; 72 hours notice is required for groups of 6 or more passengers. 100% penalty charge strictly enforced.